Navy has won 20 of its last 24 home openers.
The Midshipmen will face 10-time NCAA champion Syracuse for the first time since the 2004 National Championship.
Navy will hold its annual Meet the Mids autograph session following Saturday's game.
Navy's 13 seniors will play their final collegiate game when the two programs face off at 1:00 pm at Byrd Stadium.
Former Maryland All-American Ryan Moran begins his third year as an assistant for Richie Meade's Midshipmen. Moran is responsible for Navy's face-off specialists, as well as the defensive midfield.
Moran stepped into the role of face-off coach without a hitch, as he helped William Wallace mature into a two-time All-Patriot League selection and one of the premiere face-off specialists in the country. Wallace finished the `07 campaign ranked fourth in the nation, winning 64.2 percent of his draws. After topping the 100-win plateau last spring, he became only the second player in program history to win 300-plus face-offs. Wallace also became the school's all-time leader in ground balls, scooping up 222 over the last four seasons. In addition to success within the face-off corps, Moran also helped develop Geoff Leone into a fine young defensive midfielder who garnered Second-Team All-Patriot League kuods last spring.
A 2003 graduate of Maryland, Moran served several roles for the Terrapins during his four-year career. During his freshman and sophmore seasons, he was a short stick defensive midfielder who contributed in the face-off game by playing on the wing, or taking the draws if needed. As a junior and senior, Moran's focus turned to the offense where he played the majority of the time at the midfield, but also played attack. In those two seasons he scored a combined 39 goals, and added 11 assists, this after not scoring a goal in either of his first two years. He also won 50 percent (38-76) of the face-offs he took during his senior campaign.
A First-Team All-ACC selection and member of the ACC All-Tournament Team his senior season, Moran led the Terps to a 12-4 record in 2004 and an appearance in the Final Four. He sealed Maryland's win over Ohio State (8-5) in its NCAA first-round game by dumping in an empty net goal with under a minute to play. In the Terps' NCAA quarterfinal win, he scored the game winner over Massachusetts. By year's end, Moran was only player on Maryland's roster responsible for producing either a goal or an assist in every game except the Terrapins' NCAA semifinal contest against Virginia. For his efforts, Moran was named a USILA Third-Team All-American in 2003. Moran was drafted by the Baltimore Bayhawks in the third round of the 2003 Major League Lacrosse College Draft where he was the 18th overall pick. He saw action in eight of the Bayhawks' games as a rookie, and was traded to the Philadelphia Barrage an the end of the season. While in Philadelphia, he played in every game, drawing four starts and helped lead the Barrage to the lacrosse championship. He produced five goals and added five assists and owned a .510 face-off winning percentage. Moran was traded to the Long Island Lizards in 2005 where he scored 10 goals and added six helpers. Additionally, he won .510 of his face-offs in the 14 games in which he played. The Lizards went on to play in the championship game, but were tripped up by the Bayhawks.
Moran spent the 2004-05 campaign coaching at the Naval Academy Prep School in Rhode Island where he led NAPS to a 10-1 record which featured wins over Army's JV team, as well as Army's prep school.
A native of Massapequa, N.Y., Moran is a 1999 graduate of Chaminade High School on Long Island. A standout lacrosse and football player, Moran earned All-America and all-league lacrosse honors his senior year and played in the North-South Game upon graduation. Additionally, he was an all-league safety on the football team his junior and senior campaigns. Coaching has been in the Moran family bloodline for years. Ryan's father, Jack, has been a successful lacrosse and football coach for the past two decades at Chaminade High School on Long Island. Ryan's great uncle, Richie, was a standout lacrosse player at Maryland (1958-60) before becoming one of the most successful lacrosse coaches in the country. He led Cornell to three national titles and is a member of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.